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Sep 16 / The Architect

Save money on E2EVC Barcelona & Summit Vegas hotels

E2EVC Barcelona

Added 19th September – 33% offer

Accor/Novotel have today released a special offer giving you 3 nights for the price of 2 (a 33% discount) covering most of Europe for stays taken before the end of 2014. To get the offer, book via this special offer link, then search for Barcelona.

This reduces the hotel price down to less than £100 per night,

Special offer

 

If you have already booked at a higher price with a rate that can be cancelled, it’s worthwhile rebooking under this special offer, then cancelling your original reservation (I’ve just done this so know it works OK). Book the discounted room first before cancelling your original reservation in case the number of rooms available under this offer runs out.

Venue hotel at 10% discount plus fully flexible rate

If you are planning on attending E2EVC in Barcelona next month (and there are tons of reasons why you should be) and have not yet booked the Hotel, I can save you 10% on booking the venue hotel cost vs the cheapest advance unrestricted rate.

For the three nights of E2E the current 30-day advance, non-flexible, rate is:

Non-flexible rate

Non-flexible rate

Whilst the fully flexible rate is:

Unrestricted rate for 3 days

Unrestricted rate for 3 days

 

I can get you the same room under fully flexible terms for €438.30 (a 10% discount on the Best Unrestricted rate) and still €27 cheaper than the non-flexible advance purchase rate (which will soon become unavailable after September 23rd).

My rate also has the advantage it’s fully refundable/flexible so you only pay on check-out, not in advance like the other online rates and there’s no penalty for cancelling. It’s guaranteed until 6pm, and if you want a guaranteed late arrival, a credit card number provided with the booking will ensure it’s kept for you at the same discounted rate.

Interested? Just contact me with the dates you need, and whether you need breakfast and/or late arrival.

Other options

Alex has listed the IBIS as an alternative venue however my discount does not apply to this hotel I’m afraid.

Another cheaper alternative is this apartment-style hotel that comes in at £173 for three nights although it gets very mixed reviews on TripAdvisor so be warned! For the back packers there are a number of hostels at around £20-30 per night in the area.

Citrix Summit

Citrix Summit is being held at The Venetian|The Palazzo. Whilst this is a lovely hotel with all-suite rooms, as with most conference hotels, if you are footing the bill yourself like me, it starts to become very expensive (around $285 per night when you’ve added the non-optional resort fee and 17% room tax). For three days of Summit, plus the possibility of PTEC immediately beforehand, the costs start to add up pretty quickly. For Summit alone the price for three nights is:

Venetian Pricing

 

Add on PTEC and my hotel bill alone would be well over $1300.

Let’s see if we can save some money here! If we look at a map of the area we see two close-by hotels:

Vegas Map

 

The conference hotel and rooms are highlighted in green.

Stay three nights at Casino Royale next door for less than one night at the Venetian!Casino Royale

There is a Best Western Plus Casino Royale right next door to the venue hotel (in Orange on the map above). Your entire stay there for Summit would be cheaper than one single night in the Venetian! It gets pretty good reviews on TripAdvisor too.

Casino Royale pricing

Newly refurbished hotel 10 minutes away

There is a recently refurbished hotel The LINQ right next door (although in Vegas terms next door is actually a 10 minute walk) however it’s less than half the cost of the Venetian, and as it opens in October 2014 should have pretty decent modern rooms.

Note that all the photos on the booking site are mock-ups as it was still being refurbished when I visited in August but you can still book it for January. Of course there are no TripAdvisor reviews for it yet and the reviews for it’s predecessor The Quad are mixed, with most recent reviews complaining about the renovation work!

LINQ pricing

Still want the venue hotel? Don’t book via Conference HQ!

Note that the “special delegate rate” of $219+$25 resort fee+tax on the Summit website currently works out exactly the same as rate offered by Hotels.com with the added disadvantage you wouldn’t earn any free nights via their Welcome Rewards program so I would book via hotels.com to count towards your free night.

Other options

If neither of those two hotels takes your fancy, Vegas is of course full of hotels to suite any taste and budget. There is a handy monorail which stops near the Venetian (Harrah’s on the route map) with an unlimited three day pass costing only $28 – easily covered by savings you’ll make staying somewhere cheaper than the venue hotel.

 

Apr 25 / The Architect

First look: XenApp and XenDesktop 7.5 – part seven (HA & load balancing changes)

This is part seven of a series looking at XenApp 7.5.

Part one – What’s new, and installation
Part two – Configuring the first site
Part three – Preparing my XenApp template image
Part Four – Creating the machine catalog to give me a hosting platform
Part five – Creating the delivery group to publish apps and desktops to user
Part six – new policy filtering options available

For those familiar with the way Load Balancing works in XenApp 6.5, the changes in 7.5 are quite radical.

Gone are the load balancing policies one is used to. Also gone are the worker groups that we used to silo servers, for both application and server grouping, and to perform server fail-over between sites. Gone is the ability to have single global farms, and use zones to segregate our servers into data-centre sized groups with the ability to fail over one region to another.

Some of the topics raised in this post form part of a talk I’m giving at GeekSpeak Tonight at Synergy LA. If you’re a follower of the blog or follow me on twitter do stop and say hi!

Everything has changed. And not all in a good way. Let’s dig deeper

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Apr 10 / The Architect

First look: XenApp and XenDesktop 7.5 – part six (new policy filtering options)

This is part six of a series looking at XenApp 7.5.

Part one – What’s new, and installation
Part two – Configuring the first site
Part three – Preparing my XenApp template image
Part Four – Creating the machine catalog to give me a hosting platform
Part five – Creating the delivery group to publish apps and desktops to user
This part – new policy filtering options available

If you are familiar with XenApp 6.x policy framework, you’ll probably be applying (or filtering as Citrix calls it) computer policies to either individual servers, worker groups, or Active Directory OUs. XenApp 7.5 has done away with the concept of worker groups, but there are several new ways of applying/filtering XenApp policies that provide even more granularity over worker groups.

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Apr 6 / The Architect

I’m helping Build Croydon at London Technology Week

I’m pleased to support the Lives not Knives charity in their Build Croydon event on June 16th, part of London Technology Week.

I’ll be repeating a talk I gave recently to Old Palace Whiftgift school careers fair on working in the IT field, about the kind of work I do as a Cloud Infrastructure Architect, my journey through education and university, and some of the pro and cons of working as an IT consultant.

Exact timings have yet to be announced, but you can register for the event here.

Apr 2 / The Architect

First look: XenApp and XenDesktop 7.5 – part five (creating the delivery group)

This is part five of a series looking at XenApp 7.5.

Part one – What’s new, and installation
Part two – Configuring the first site
Part three – Preparing my XenApp template image
Part Four – Creating the machine catalog to give me a hosting platform
This part – Creating the delivery group to publish apps and desktops to user

So we now have our hosting servers provisioned via our machine catalog. We now need to assign which applications get published to which users. Those familiar with the XenApp 6.x publishing wizard should find this step very straightforward, and the XenApp 7.5 version adds the ability to publish many applications simultaneously.

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Apr 1 / The Architect

Citrix announce revamp of the CTP program

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Since it’s formation in 2006, the Citrix Technology Professionals (CTP) program has steadily been growing in strength and popularity, but has recently reach a plateau in terms of membership and quality, with many claiming “it’s all gone a bit downhill since Brian left

Commenting on the changes, Perrine “fine wine” Crampton, head of the Community Cat-herding Programs at Citrix:

“The CTPs have been running amok for way to long. Whilst we encourage CTPs to blog and tweet about their experiences with Citrix technologies, we’re seeing far to much negativity and brutally honest criticism about Citrix’ poor code quality and bad marketing decisions. As Citrix Marketing fund the CTP program in it’s entirety, it’s their way or the highway I’m afraid, and it’s this new mantra which forms the basis of the changes we’re announcing today.

  • From now on, new and existing CTP’s will need to follow our CMO‘s lead, and delete their twitter accounts and reduce their Facebook usage to only posting inspirational photos, memes and pictures of their kids/cats.
  • Early access to code releases will cease to avoid the flood of bug reports that traditionally happen around the time of new product releases that just distract the engineers and developers from Flappy Birds and the code shipping parties.
  • Participation at company events such as GeekSpeak and Citrix Synergy will only be possible having signed an NDA prior to the event, and agreeing not to actually speak to anyone important or impressionable (especially customers) for the duration of the conference.
  • The bi-annual CTP meetings where members get the opportunity to grill product managers on their plans for the forthcoming roadmap’s will be replaced by an on-line voting system where CTPs can vote on their top feature they would like to see implemented (bearing in mind that many product teams can only deliver one feature in each release)
  • The current selection process based on community contribution is flawed. It gives a platform to people far too opinionated and influential which could result in Citrix being seen in a poor light. New criteria already in place ensures all those selected will look great on Citrix.tv when interviewed, and carry around at least four devices capable of running Receiver at all times, just in case they get stopped in the street and challenged on their allegiance to Citrix.
  • The CTP program will take on a new corporate sponsor: Atlantis Computing.  Becoming a CTP will now mean automatic enrolment onto the Atlantis payroll.

Those interested in applying to the CTP program may apply themselves or pay someone influential to nominate them. The number of existing CTPs you “have in the bag” will have no influence on your chances of being accepted into the program.

In other news, the  CTO Office have announce the replacement of Brad Anderson as Chief Demo Officer having realised they have a far better qualified person who’s been quietly hiding amongst their board of directors for the past decade and now needs to realise the investment they’ve made in him.

 

Apr 1 / The Architect

First look: XenApp and XenDesktop 7.5 – part four (creating the machine catalog)

Part one – What’s new, and installation
Part two – Configuring the first site
Part three – Preparing my XenApp template image
This part- Creating the machine catalog to give me a hosting platform
Part five – Creating the delivery group to publish apps and desktops to user

Now that we have a master image prepared containing the VDA and our applications, we can now use this as the basis for our first machine catalog to give us a hosting platform to start delivering applications (and server-hosted desktops) to users

 

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Mar 29 / The Architect

Fancy a Citrix Synergy discount?

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Citrix have kindly provided CTPs a discount code to share with their peers, customers and clients. If the whopping cost of conference registration fee is a stumbling block to attending, you can save $350 by using my discount code. Just comment on this page (so I can get your email address) and I’ll send it via email.

 

 

Mar 28 / The Architect

First look: XenApp and XenDesktop 7.5 – part three (creating the template image)

In part one of this blog series I examined the new features in XenApp 7.5, and the installation process.
In part two I setup the hypervisor connection and created the first site in the Studio console
In this part will create our XenApp image that MCS will then use to create our hosting platform for users and applications.
In part four I create a machine catalog to provide some XenApp hosting servers ready to publish my applications from
In part five I create the delivery group to publish applications and desktops to my users

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Mar 27 / The Architect

First look: XenApp and XenDesktop 7.5 – part two (creating the first site)

In part one of this blog series I examined the new features in XenApp 7.5, and the installation process.
In this part I’ll now continue and create our first XenApp site.
In part three I cover creating my master template image
In part four I create a machine catalog to provide some XenApp hosting servers ready to publish my applications from
In part five I create the delivery group to publish applications and dekstops to end user

As with all images on this blog, click on the screenshots to enlarge them

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